Franco-Ontarian teachers call for changes in working conditions

    OTTAWA, March 11 /CNW Telbec/ - A number of recommendations adopted today
by more than 170 delegates at the 2008 Policy Convention of the Association
des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) are aimed at
improving the work environment for Franco-Ontarian teachers and educational
workers across the province.
    The proposals stem from a landmark survey by AEFO on the quality of life
of its 9,000 members working in some 450 schools and related workplaces
throughout Ontario. Made public last week, that survey paints a picture of a
group of professionals dedicated to their students' success. However, the
multiplicity of programs in need of full implementation, the difficulty in
balancing work/family life, the scarcity of resources and workloads considered
to be inequitable generate widespread dissatisfaction. Some harassment is also
present in the workplace.
    "AEFO will act on three levels, says AEFO president, Paul Taillefer. We
will first raise awareness on the reality faced by school personnel. Secondly,
we will develop training programs, namely to help our members communicate more
effectively with parents and deal with various forms of harassment in the
workplace. Finally, we hope to work with school boards and the government to
improve working conditions in order to make it easier to recruit and retain
school personnel, and make the school environment more conducive to student
    "Since all collective agreements for full-time teachers will soon be up
for renewal, the recommendations adopted by our Policy Convention will
certainly give us direction at the bargaining table."

    AEFO represents some 9,000 teachers and other educational workers in
Ontario's French-language elementary and secondary schools, as well as workers
in other French-language establishments in Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Elisabeth Brunet, (613) 244-2336, (613)
850-6410 (cellular)

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